SC to hear Alok Verma’s plea to­day

Chal­leng­ing gov­ern­ment or­der

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court is sched­uled to hear to­day CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma’s plea chal­leng­ing the gov­ern­ment’s or­der di­vest­ing him of his du­ties and send­ing him on leave in view of graft al­le­ga­tions against him.

A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi is likely to con­sider the re­sponse of Verma given in a sealed cover on the find­ings of the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion (CVC) in the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry against him.

The bench is also likely to con­sider the re­port of act­ing CBI Di­rec­tor M Nageswara Rao also filed in a sealed cover in the court with re­gard to the de­ci­sions taken by him from Oc­to­ber 23-26.

Be­sides the plea filed by Verma, the court is also likely to hear the PIL filed by NGO Com­mon Cause, which has sought a probe by a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team against CBI of­fi­cers.

On Novem­ber 20, the apex court had ex­pressed deep an­guish over the pur­ported leak of Verma’s re­sponse to the CVC’s find­ings against him as also the pub­li­ca­tion of al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by the agency’s DIG Man­ish Ku­mar Sinha in his sep­a­rate plea.

The court had made it clear that it would not hear any party and would con­fine it­self to the is­sues red flagged by it. Miffed over the al­leged leak of Verma’s con­fi­den­tial re­sponse to the CVC’s find­ings, the court had said it wanted to keep the CBI di­rec­tor’s re­sponse con­fi­den­tial to main­tain the probe agency’s dig­nity.

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